SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – City officials and health officials provided an update on the city’s response to COVID-19 Monday morning.
Springfield has a total of 21,388 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Over the last week the city saw a slight decline in cases with a total of 504. The city is still listed in the red zone as a high-risk community for the spread of the virus.
Seven towns in western massachusetts are still in the red zone including Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Ludlow, Hampden, Palmer, and Southwick. As vaccinations ramp up throughout the state, health experts are encouraging residents in high-risk areas to get their shots.
“I would strongly urge people who are eligible, which would be any adult, to register to get vaccinated and to continue doing the usual stuff we talk about every week, wearing masks, observing social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings particularly indoors,” Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack said.
Mayor Domenic Sarno joined with the following people at 10:15 a.m.:
- Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris
- Superintendent of Schools Dan Warwick
- City Solicitor Ed Pikula
- Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood
- Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi
- Director of Human Resources William Mahoney
- CAFO TJ Plante; Executive Director of PBRM Patrick Sullivan
- DPW Director Chris Cignoli
- CDO Tim Sheehan
- Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack
- Mercy Medical Chief Medical Officer and Regional Chief, Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services Dr. Robert Roose